Animal encounters are a popular attraction, especially in Florida, with it being such a great way for families to bond and reconnect with nature. Tallahassee is fortunate to have many great opportunities for an animal encounter, from ponies to horses, gators, and even wolves. There are many exciting ways to get close to animals and have a great time at an affordable price. Spend your day enjoying the great outdoors around Tallahassee enjoying fun animal encounters such as these.
Wildlife found at Wakulla Springs State Park
Did you know Wakulla Springs State Park is the perfect place to check out some exciting wildlife that call Florida home? Check out alligators, manatees, turtles, birds, and even deer. It’s home to one of the deepest and large freshwater springs in the whole world which makes it the perfect place to check out the wildlife a population.
You can take exciting tours such as the glass bottom boat tour or a guided riverboat tour to get up close and personal, which is even better when the water is clear. Bring your camera because you’ll be able to get some great wildlife shots and bring walking shoes to hit the nature trails.
Tallahassee Museum’s farm animals
If you want to get up close and personal with your classic farm animals, head out to the Big Bend Farm where the Tallahassee Museum lies. You’ll see cow, sheep, goat, mule, poultry, and swine here, plus, you’ll get to see indigenous wildlife in their natural habitats. The Florida panther and the rare red wolf are an exciting part of your visit to the museum.
Seacrest Wolf Preserve’s wolf interactions
Want to check out a wolf sanctuary? The Seacrest Wolf Preserve is home to captive wolves that needed a safe place to call home. This human sanctuary is open to the public for tours on Saturdays and you’ll want to dress like you are hiking in the woods. You’ll love the educational tours that include touching the wolves, cuddling with skunks, and interacting with foxes.
Grace Stable’s Horseback Riding
Have you ever ridden on horseback? Check out Grace Stable for your chance to take the kids to ride horses in Tallahassee. It’s actually the only place to find the Child Animal Relationship Experience Program, a program designed for special needs children in which lessons help kids to develop IEP goals. You’ll also get to see Dotty the Donkey while you’re here.
Birdsong Nature Center for birdwatching
Want to see 160 species of birds in one location? The Bird Window is a great place to watch the birds, enjoy the gardens, and hit the trails. There are many rare and first sightings thanks to the gardens and pool attracting so many species of birds. Check out the Butterfly Garden where you’ll get to experience colorful butterflies from April through November.
The Painted Pony for pony rides
Have you been out to the Painted Pony Trail? It’s a great spot in Monticello that features pony rides, hayrides and much more. It’s a great place to check out farm animals, check out a riding demonstration, paint “Charlie”, and try out a pony ride.
When you’re ready to get up and close personal with some exciting animals, check out these top locations in Tallahassee for the best experience!